EDD 2022: CPDE to advocate for civil society partnerships for an effective COVID Recovery


The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness will again join the Global Village in this year’s European Development Days (EDD) with a stand titled: Partnering with Civil Society for an Effective COVID Recovery: Why Inclusive Partnerships with CSOs will ensure that the Effectiveness Principles support COVID Recovery.

To be held on the 21st and 22nd of June at Brussels Expo, EDD’s Global Village is an opportunity to find out about projects, reports, and activities supported by the European Commission around the world,

This year’s EDD will carry the theme, “Global gateway: Building sustainable partnerships for a connected world.” The programme consists of 90+ sessions co-created with the EDD community.

In line with this year’s theme, CPDE will focus on the role of partnerships in responding to the most pressing global challenge we face today: recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The importance of inclusive partnerships to implement effectiveness principles

CPDE will be exhibiting on the topic of health. The stand aims to showcase the importance of partnering effectively with civil society to ensure robust recovery from the pandemic by drawing on CPDE’s comprehensive research study on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 response.

In 2020 and 2021  CPDE gathered stories from communities bearing the brunt of the pandemic, which face the risk of being further marginalised. These expose how measures taken to mitigate the impact of the pandemic have been used to silence critical voices and hinder civil society participation. Recommendations from CSOs will also be featured, outlining steps that will pave the way for sustainable recovery.

Glenis Balangue, CPDE’s Capacity Development Coordinator, will be the stand facilitator in Brussels as she coordinated the research study, World in Lockdown, Development on Hold: A special CPDE report on the (in)effectiveness of the Covid-19 response.

The stand champions the idea that effectively partnering with Civil Society as part of COVID recovery requires laws and measures on Covid response to uphold human rights norms – freedom of assembly and mobility, the right to privacy, and opportunities to participate. CSOs play a crucial role in the pandemic response through service delivery, monitoring, advocacy, etc., and need an enabling environment, including access to affordable technology, to effectively perform their work.

What will CPDE’s stand consist of?

CPDE will organise two presentations each day (morning and afternoon) of the research study and its recommendations and invite 2 to 3 contributors to the study’s survey to share their own experiences while engaging with EDD attendees.

In addition to the presentations, CPDE representatives will have copies of the study on hand as well as a video presentation and will invite feedback from EDD attendees on the subject matter through continuous interactive polling via a pre-prepared survey that aims to crowdsource innovative ideas on bolstering CSO partnerships in COVID-19 recovery. The results will be projected on the booth itself, allowing participants to see emerging patterns.

Stay tuned to the event via CPDE’s Twitter and website! #


*EDD and the Global Gateway

The European Development Days (EDD) isare Europe’s leading forum on international partnerships. Organised by the European Commission, the forum brings key actors together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Global Gateway is the new European Strategy to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport and strengthen health, education and research systems across the world. It stands for sustainable and trusted connections that work for people and the planet, to tackle the most pressing global challenges, from climate change and protecting the environment, to improving health security and boosting competitiveness and global supply chains.


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